May 29, 2019

SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

Multidimensional Inequality Analysis using SOEP data and the Constitution of Germany


May 29, 2019
12:30 - 13:30


Conference Room 33002c nn
DIW Berlin
Room 3.3.002c
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin


Tommaso Bechini (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Well-being inequality is a subject that has being extensively covered and which is widely discussed also in the political and civil environment. However, the majority of the studies done in this field are still limited to the analysis of monetary variables, like income, wealth or expenditure, completely forsaking non-monetary elements such as education, health or employment on the basis that monetary variables have the same trends and are sufficiently good proxies of well-being.
However, many scholars (such as Sen, 1980, 1992, 1997) think the opposite. This presentation aims to go beyond the monetary-only one dimensional approach and to construct a multidimensional measure of inequality comprised of both monetary and non-monetary values, as it has already been done with well-being (Sen, Stiglitz, Fitoussi, 2010) and poverty (Rippin, 2010) and to see the trends and values of well-being multidimensional inequality in Germany before and after the crisis of 2007. The role of non-monetary inequality and gender and regional differences are also important topics that will be analysed.
At the same time, a strong theoretical background that justifies the choice of dimensions and weights is proposed in the form of the Constitutional Approach by (Burchi, De Muro & Kollar, 2014) which uses the countries' constitutions and annexed documents to identify the most important variables for those countries.
The analysis will make use of the SOEP, an invaluable source of information on many aspects of well-being and arguably among the best dataset available for this kind of analysis. A comparison with some previous analysis regarding Italy (using IT SILC) will allow to understand the possible outcome of the research made with the SOEP.